Woman nabbed on 114 forgery counts
Church Hill, Mount Carmel officers to be honored
Church Hill men facing drug charges
ABINGDON - Thanks to an anonymous tip Sunday morning, the Washington County (Va.) Sheriff's Department arrested a woman wanted on 114 counts of forgery and other charges. The arrest of Rebecca Lynn Butler, 29, took place near Exit 10 of Interstate 81 in Washington County with the assistance of U.S. deputy marshals. In addition to 114 counts of forgery, Butler is also charged with receiving stolen property, grand larceny of an automobile, driving on a revoked license, improper registration and two counts of petty larceny. "These charges are the result of the accused allegedly stealing an automobile on Friday here in Washington County and other crimes related to that alleged theft," Sheriff Fred Newman said. Newman added that Butler may face additional charges. She was held without bond at the Abingdon facility of the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail with arraignment set for March 6.
CHURCH HILL - The Church Hill Police Department will host the second annual "Officers of the Year" ceremony today at 4 p.m. at Church Hill City Hall. Two officers from the Mount Carmel Police Department and two officers from the Church Hill Police Department will be honored. The names of the honorees will be released during the ceremony. Each officer will receive either a handgun or shotgun along with a plaque.
CHURCH HILL - Deputies with the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit allegedly witnessed a marijuana and cash exchange between two parked vehicles in the Food Lion grocery store parking lot last week. HCSO Chief Detective Ronnie Lawson stated in his report that on Feb. 6 he and Lt. Bob Crumley allegedly witnessed Seth Thomas Leinbach, 19, 386 Island View Drive, Church Hill, pass a bag containing about a half-ounce of marijuana from a parked vehicle to a 17-year-old boy in another vehicle. Leinbach was reportedly in a vehicle driven by Nathan James Fletcher, 18, 134 Nikki Circle, Church Hill. Fletcher and Leinbach were each charged with sale and delivery of marijuana, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Charges were pending against two 17-year-old males in the other car.